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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-12-2010, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Help me come up with a good story!

I need some help from the brain trust here to come up with an almost believable explanation for the dumb questions and comments I get about the new and improved, modernized Granada. The truth is getting boring and repetitive, so I need something that will impress the conspiracy theorists!

As you can see from my sig, the Granada is more or less a '97 Explorer under the hood, mated to a T-5 and the stock 8" rear end with upgrades. It is black with lots of chrome and Cragar SS mags, and looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

A few people said something like "They didn't make very many like this, did they?" (Try "none"!)

I have a "Hurst equipped" badge on the trunk. I must have been asked twenty times if it was a "genuine Hurst Granada".

One guy commented on my "period correct fuel injection." When I said they didn't have fuel injection like that in 1977, he pointed to the "Electronic Fuel Injection" badge on the trunk (taken from an '84 Lincoln}, and said, "Oh, yeah, what about that, then?" I guess he couldn't figure out that sticking an emblem on the fender was much easier than the actual EFI swap!

I also have GT badges under the "Granada" script (taken from a Toyota!), and I heard someone telling her kids that she had learned how to drive in a Granada GT (no such thing except for mine!)

I'm thinking I need to come up with a story that is almost crazy enough to be true, to see how many people bite. Maybe something like the car was a prototype with EFI that was reverse-engineered at Area 51 from the spaceship that crashed at Roswell. The reason multiport EFI didn't show up in mass production until 1986 was that oil companies bought it up and kept it in a barn. They had not thought to patent it, an employee discovered this, and decided to turn whistleblower......you get the idea!

Let's see what we can come up with! I'll try it out at the next show 'n shine, and let everyone know how many people bought the story.



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Re: Help me come up with a good story!

I'd like to see some pictures of this factory EFI 5.0 Granada GT before I comment.

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Great thread! If I had a couple bourbon's in me I'd have a deusey for ya!
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I'd like to see some pictures of this factory EFI 5.0 Granada GT before I comment.
If I knew how to post pictures, I'd be happy to oblige...anyone, anyone? Bueller? Bueller?



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Just tell them it's a one of a kind, all factory build. That isn't a lie. I really like the Gran Torino Granadas.....

If one more person calls my 68 Torino a Grand Torino (car isn't a GT too) I will bury them where they stand. :-D
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It was a concept car rescued from the crusher by a Ford executive vice president who used it to go back and forth to work. He passed away and his widow sold it to a college girl for transportation to Stanford but it didn't get good gas milage so she traded it in to a used car lot for a Toyota. You bought it off the back of the lot for $500 and discovered that it was a 1 of a kind Fuel Injected Hurst Granada. Restored it to its former glory and have been offered Big MONEY for it but you just can't seem to let it go.


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Re: Help me come up with a good story!

Ragtop has a good idea for a story. You know we always hear about how the Execs got to drive this or that special car that was never sold to the general public!



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It was a concept car rescued from the crusher by a Ford executive vice president who used it to go back and forth to work. He passed away and his widow sold it to a college girl for transportation to Stanford but it didn't get good gas milage so she traded it in to a used car lot for a Toyota. You bought it off the back of the lot for $500 and discovered that it was a 1 of a kind Fuel Injected Hurst Granada. Restored it to its former glory and have been offered Big MONEY for it but you just can't seem to let it go.


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I like it!! It sounds real enough to be believable, too.

The car has 215,000 miles on it but of course has the '70s five digit odometer - with a story like that, I could also get away with saying it has 15,000 original miles.



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Don't for get to use the words "Exotic", "World Class", "Ahead of its time" and "Unique" at least once or twice in the story.

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Eldoon,
Another vote for Ragtop's story. How about adding that it belonged to a Ford exec who retired here from Australia. Factory experimental car from the land of Oz. He had it built LHD because he knew he would retire in the States.

We NEED pix! I had a 77 2dr 302, 4 spd OD, buckets, blue w/white top and gut. Another on the long list of "shoulda kept".

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Eldoon,
Another vote for Ragtop's story. How about adding that it belonged to a Ford exec who retired here from Australia. Factory experimental car from the land of Oz. He had it built LHD because he knew he would retire in the States.

We NEED pix! I had a 77 2dr 302, 4 spd OD, buckets, blue w/white top and gut. Another on the long list of "shoulda kept".

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That'll work, too. The story is building nicely!

There was a 2 dr '78 Monarch, blue/white 302 4 spd on Ebay a few weeks ago - in Surrey, BC of all places, just a hop, skip and a jump from where I live. If I had storage space, I would have bought it just for parts.

I'm not kidding when I say I don't know how to post pictures. If anyone can help me out, I can get some up here pronto.



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Eldoon,
Could you email the pix to someone who knows how? NOT ME......I'm still trying to figure out why I can't always open pix that are posted. Sometimes when I right click, all I get is the option to "show Picture" and nothing happens. Other times it says"open picture in new window" and that will work.
Anybody help me??

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It's NOT A CAR, it's the REAL alien Bumblebee from the Transformers movie but they didn't let him audition for the show because he is black....
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I always thought that a one of a kind car had to originate from FORD some kind of way. Then all you had to do is make up a story on how you got it. I was going to add that Barret Jackson wanted you to put it up for auction with a reserve of $200,000 but thought that would be just going too far! LOL!!!

You could also say that you were contacted by Jay Leno because he wants to buy the car from you for his colection!

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dont forget to add that you sold or traded your 69 camaro to get the granada bacouse it was so much cooler.
and you should autograph the glove box becouse it is a shelby granada of course.
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